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Editors’ Notes

If any one band evokes the warm weather, cool ocean breezes, and the adventurous surf of summertime, it’s The Beach Boys. “Surfin’ Safari,” “Surfin’ U.S.A.," and “Surfer Girl” make the connection obvious, while other paeans to teen romance and experience—“Fun Fun Fun,” “Be True to Your School,” “When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)”—further the adolescent hijinks. But the band always aspired to be more than simply a flavor-of-the-month pop craze. The band’s creative lead singer and spirit, Brian Wilson, was an enormously ambitious and unusually creative record-maker who heard angelic harmonies in his head and literally went mad trying to capture those sounds on tape. While his songs have since become a natural part of musical conversation, there's great complexity embedded in these familiar hits, from “I Get Around” to “California Girls” to “God Only Knows” to “Good Vibrations.” The arrangements grow more elaborate, the harmonies flow more ominously, and the melodies were both accessible and exploratory, leading to many gorgeous surprises.

Customer Reviews

Sounds of Summer

This is just one of the greatest compilations ever put out. It's well worth the 15 bucks to have it. And what's the best is that Sounds of Summer really puts you in the Summer time mood.

The Beach Boys are my childhood

I love them and it's impossible to not hear there awesome songs over the summer

What a great Album!!

This is by far the best Beach Boys album!! It is SO fun to listen to anytime of the year!! This is a must buy for an Beach Boys fan...


Formed: 1961 in Hawthorne, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Beginning their career as the most popular surf band in the nation, the Beach Boys finally emerged by 1966 as America's preeminent pop group, the only act able to challenge (for a brief time) the overarching success of the Beatles with both mainstream listeners and the critical community. From their 1961 debut with the regional hit "Surfin," the three Wilson brothers — Brian, Dennis, and Carl — plus cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine constructed the most intricate, gorgeous harmonies...
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